London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1826. First edition. 12mo, contemporary blue half calf, marbled boards, blue morocco label, gilt rules lettering. A little wear; a fine copy. Item #17396
The author, a provincial vicar who fears some believe the Church of England is "no longer entitled to the distinction of a *National Church*," turns to novel writing in support of established religion. The Convert is something of a staid cousin to the Peacockian novel of conversation: Wilkins's narrator (a skeptical veteran of the Napoleonic wars) travels about and discusses the merits of dissent with Quakers, Unitarians, Baptists, etc. Errata slip tipped in. Contemporary ink signature on the front blank. Wolff 7227.